Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more time to spare to enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables. It’s the first year that I have had a greenhouse full of delicious produce. The cherry tomatoes are to die for and I have had so many cucumbers that there was no one left to give them away to. The beetroot in the picture above are mini and the result of thinning the beetroot patch out. I grew three varieties of beans this year including broad beans, a green string bean and a purple string beans (i love to freeze them) The string beans cropped really well for dwarf bush varieties. We were surprised to see the purple variety of bean loose its colour in the blanching process before freezing them. The apples have been the winner this year, approx 40 apples in total. We have already made some apple sauce with some of them and are continuing to enjoy them in our packed lunches through the week.
This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A total of 15lbs in weight all bagged up into 1lb bags and frozen so that we can make crumbles through the winter. The prep took three of us a couple of hours but it was worth it. I always write the date on the bags so that when we go to the freezer for fruit to make deserts we know exactly what day we harvested the fruit.
We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the meantime we have been harvesting, cooking and storing all we can. I will miss this dear Bramley apple tree that we were given by our neighbours as they never had any fruit off of it! Poppy and Baskerville also thought they would help Matt pick some apples!
Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking throughout the winter. They make a great substitute for butter beans.
I’m making parsley butter, sage butter and mint sauce with these herbs.
I have had to harvest the winter squash from the allotment as it will need to be handed back very shortly due to our move to Ireland. They are now all out on the front wall in the sunshine curing so that they can be kept and used over winter.
I have harvested the majority of the ‘Roma’ tomatoes and a few random yellow ones! I have saved the seed from a couple of them to grow next year.
This is the last of the little onions drying. They will be pickled, roasted to go in vegetable stew and used in pasta sauce.
The last of the red onions lifted. These are destined to be roasted with tomatoes, peppers and a couple of chillies and made in to sauce for pasta.